JOSHUA ROBERTS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will hold a meeting of his own on Thursday with Homeland Security experts in response to an uptick in anti-immigrant violence and an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the United States, the White House said.
Kelly’s remarks will be the first he has made on the situation since his predecessor, Janet Napolitano, was fired over her handling of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the U.S.S., a senior administration official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation without elaborating.
The president said last week that he was not comfortable with Napolitana’s handling of Ebola and said he would nominate a successor, though the details of a replacement were not clear.
Kelly has made a point of emphasizing that the Department of Homeland Security is working on a comprehensive plan to contain the spread of the virus and is looking at a range of solutions, including expanding use of public health laboratories to test travelers from affected countries.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Kelly said he was concerned that many Americans are not being given information about how to respond to the outbreak.
“I think we’re seeing some people that are just not being served, not being adequately prepared,” Kelly told CNN.
“So I’m concerned about that and that’s why we’re going to be meeting on Thursday.
We have to get to the bottom of this.”
The White House has not specified how much time Kelly will spend with experts at the meeting.
The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that a large-scale immigration crackdown in the near future could spark a backlash and exacerbate the crisis.
In recent weeks, more than 300 people have been detained by U.B. for trying to enter the U